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Pond Cypress*

Taxodium distichum 'var. nutans'

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Pond Cypress (Taxodium distichum 'var. nutans') at Hillermann Nursery

Pond Cypress

Pond Cypress

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Pond Cypress (Taxodium distichum 'var. nutans') at Hillermann Nursery

Pond Cypress foliage

Pond Cypress foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  60 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4b

Other Names:  T. ascendens, Pondcypress


A genuinely awe-inspring tree for so many reasons; its tall, columnar habit, thread-like foliage held in dense clumps along the ascending branches, turning antique brown in fall, curious knobby knees when planted near water; a tree-lover's tree

Ornamental Features

Pond Cypress has emerald green foliage throughout the season. The ferny bipinnately compound leaves turn an outstanding harvest gold in the fall. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The shaggy indian red bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Pond Cypress is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a narrowly upright and columnar growth habit. It lends an extremely fine and delicate texture to the landscape composition which can make it a great accent feature on this basis alone.

This is a relatively low maintenance tree, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pond Cypress is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Vertical Accent

Planting & Growing

Pond Cypress will grow to be about 60 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a high canopy with a typical clearance of 7 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. As it matures, the lower branches of this tree can be strategically removed to create a high enough canopy to support unobstructed human traffic underneath. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live to a ripe old age of 100 years or more; think of this as a heritage tree for future generations!

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It is an amazingly adaptable plant, tolerating both dry conditions and even some standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils, and is subject to chlorosis (yellowing) of the leaves in alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selection of a native North American species.


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Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Shade  Articulation 
Fall Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features